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Reviewed November 7, 2015

As with most temples in China just have a look see. The place is quite historical in value and the places have been well preserved and maintained.

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Reviewed July 6, 2015

Puning Temple is unique in that it was and is dedicated to Lamaist or Tibetan Buddhism. If you cannot go to Tibet, then by visiting this temple you will at least have an idea of the atmosphere and practices of this form of Buddhism which is different from typical esoteric Chinese Buddhism. Unlike the other large temples in Chengde, this is an active temple which numerous worshippers and pilgrims arriving for special events throughout the year, and I enjoyed the people-watching aspect as much as anything. To see local Chinese actively and freely practicing their beliefs was encouraging. There are small rooms to the side of the main temple pathway that are worth visiting--if you have a good guidebook or tour guide to explain their significance. This temple is easily and shortly reached by #6 bus from downtown (costs just1Yuan) and does not have the excessive tourist trappings associated with other temples.

If you can, I also recommend staying at the adjoining temple hotel (look for the prayer flags) for a night or two. Not luxurious, but quite friendly staff and a well-decorated yet old traditional hotel. The Lamaist monks stay just down the hall and you will see and hear them all around--Not something you can easily experience in other parts of China!

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Reviewed April 7, 2015

It would be another temple among others, as they tends to be really all the same in China. But arriving the main hall, the giant Buddha really impress, and gives a good reason to visit this one

Thank JFChristin
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Reviewed January 6, 2015

I would say that this temple doesn't differ much from other common temples in China.
However, the giant Buddha who has won a title in the Book of Records is definitely worth seeing!

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Reviewed September 15, 2014

Lots of steps again, lots of history and artifacts. Puning Temple means "Universal Peace" It contains a remarkable wooden Buddha that stands over 20mts high, has 42 arms and an eye on each palm.

Thank Helen D
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